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yesterday. he was eventually shot and killed by police. kristin fisher is live outside of the building in silver spring with the latest information. we are hearing employees have been allowed to return to the building to retrieve personal items. is that true, kristin? >> you are exactly right. many of the employees are now back inside the building, and they are there to get belongings they had to leave behind, cell phones, computers, wallets and car have been. this is not a normal work day. you can see wayne street northbound is still closed. the lobby of the building is an active crime scene and all of the employees have to be back out by 1:00. he evacuated from the discovery center yesterday afternoon and they are wheeled back inside the building on thursday morning. employees are allowed back inside. >> i was to to come at 10:00 and we could get our stuff. >> another day at the office for me at least. i'm sure there will be some changes and i'm wondering whether there will be extra security today or going forward in general. >> reporter: the building may be back open but the investi
to school but we want everyone to be safe and concluded safely. >> kristin fisher, 9 news now. >> a man involved in another barricade situation in northeast washington has died. an emergency response team entered an apartment in the 300 block of 58th streets northeast at 1:45 this morning. they found a man inside severely burned and semi conscious. he was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. a fire was contained within the parent. over residents of the building are back in hair homes. >>> police are investigating the report of a sexual assault that took place in fairfax county, a 23-year-old woman says someone grabbed her from behind and assaulted her this morning at a bus stop in franconia. police closed off lanes of franconia road near la vista drive during the investigation. >> i have been living here over 30 years. nothing happened like this. pretty bad. >> reporter: the victim was taken to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. police say her attacker is described as being a heavy set man between 25 years old an 40 years old. >>> the loudoun county
on drivers. kristin fisher spent the morning at a check point where police were pulling over violators of the dozen. >> he said i was on my cell phone, but i wasn't. >> i rarely do it. i was just trying to find out the time schedule this evening. >> reporter: excuse after excuse after excuse. every driver has their own reason for texting or talking while driving, but the d. c. police officers don't care, the law is the law and all the drivers got $100 ticket tuesday morning for either texting or talking without a hands-free device while driving. some people were not happy. i mean, i feel pretty bad because now i'm late for work. >> reporter: others took it in stride. >> they have to do what they want to do. i should have been using my bluetooth. >> reporter: this is happening across the street from the renaissance hotel where today the transportation secretary will be hosting his distracted driving summit. >> last year, 5500 people died as a result of distracts driving and more than a half a million were injured as a result of distracted driving. we need to do better in america. we nee
in northern virginia including the largest district in the region, fairfax county. kristin fisher spent the morning at james madison high school in vienna. >> good morning madison students, faculty and staff. welcome back. >> how are you feeling the first day of school? >> tired. just waking up. >> nervous but excited. >> i'm really excited to see my friends i haven't seen over the summer. >> happy to have them out of the house an back learning. >> reporter: fairfax county has some of the best schools in the country but also one of the biggest school systems in the nation. that means they have seen a spike over the last few years in enrollment. at the same time the school system is dealing with budget cuts. >> over the last few years we have had to make cuts across the board in the classrooms, increasing class size, decreasing services in the schools. secretarial, custodial, assistant principal. the list goes on. this year we have not made additional cuts. >> reporter: no more cuts is the god news, but the bad news is that this year parents will have to pay $75 if they want their child
sure i'm not in trouble. >> reporter: in arlington, kristin fisher, 9 news now. >> stay with 9 news now for coverage of the monday post game press conferences that will be held tonight during the u.s. open. if you would like to read more on the redskins victory and other results around the league go to our website at wusa9.com. click on the sports tab. >>> authorities are looking for a gunman who apparently is targeting law enforcement officers in calvert county, maryland. someone sprayed two homes with bullets. a st. mary's county sheriffs deputy lives in one house and a maryland state trooper lives in the other. the families of both officers were home when the shots rang out. officers have been told to take necessary precautions. >> my son just moved his wife and child out. state police, our sheriffs deputies have taken that same action until we get to the bottom of this. >> reporter: investigators believe the shootings may be in retaliation of the recent arrest of suspected gang members. they say some alleged gang members have openly threatened officers. >>> a suspect wanted in conne
and franconia road. our 9 news now kristin fisher has the latest information on the investigation and the community reaction to this crime crime. >> he is no longer letting his little sister walk alone. >> now we can't trust this place. >> reporter: around 4:30 yesterday morning, a 23-year- old woman was waiting at this fairfax county bus stop when a man grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her. the victim was taken to the hospital with nonlife- threatening injuries now the search is on for the suspect. >> my mom is scared so she can't come here by herself. >> reporter: fairfax county police have been staked at the bus stop throughout the morning and they are stopping drivers and giving them flyers, the flyer that contains a description of the crime, but also a description of the suspect. police say he's a hispanic male between 25 and 35 years old. he has a stocky build and wearing a white t-shirt and tan cargo pants at the time of the attack. >> it is scary because a lot of us go out all times of day or night depending on your jobs, it to think somebody could be lurking
kristin fisher is standing by with more on what we can expect from this highly- anticipated meeting. >> we still don't know if we will get any definitive answer as to what will happen with michelle rhee, but at the very least we should get some kind of indication as to how their relationship is going to progress, if at all over the next few weeks. this has been the dominant issue since vince gray won the democratic primary last week. rhee has already signaled she has no long-term interest in working for gray. one day after his primary victory she called it devastating for school children. not the statement you are going to make if you are hoping to impress your new job and keep your job. for his part, gray said her future is contingent on the conversation they will be having today. take a listen to what he had to say this past monday. >> do you see any scenario in which the two of you could work today. >> it is contingent on the discussion. >> what about the comments she made with regard to the election about it being devastating to students. >> she put out a qualifying statement in the af
to spread the flames among several houses in manassas near summer lake. kristin fisher has the latest. >> reporter: kathy kennedy can't fight back the tears as she looks at what is left of her home, one day after the fire. >> it was huge. i have never seen something so big. there were ten, 20 feet above the top of the roof line. >> reporter: kathy's house is one of three homes badly damaged in the fire. two more were destroyed. neighbors stood around on friday morning, stunned. >> it was major. i mean reminded you like california when you see the forest fires. >> i started to cry when i saw this. i couldn't believe this was happening. that a fire blew out so fast. >> reporter: now part of the reason the fire spread so quickly is because many of the homes in this neighborhood are packed in very close together. in fact, in some places, if you stretch your arms out, you can almost touch two homes at once. >> the rate of flames spread in homes when they are this close is a concern to us, and we attempt to provide coverage as best we can. unfortunately, when you look at the lightweight con
made for a messy commute. marlboro pike was shut down throughout the morning rush hour. kristin fisher has the latest information from the scene. >> you can see that all lanes on the marlboro pike are back open, but this section was shot down for seven hours this morning as crews work to clear all of the debris that came from this accident. and there was a ton of it. take a look at this. this is all that is left of the prince georges county ambulance that was involved in the crash. it literally looked like it exploded all over the roadway. what happened is shortly after midnight this ambulance was enroute to a call. it was traveling westbound on the marlboro pike with emergency lights on and sirens sounding, but somehow the driver of a suburban suv didn't see it. he was driving on the wrong side of the road going very fast when the accident happened. >> the ambulance saw it coming at the last moment, was able to swerve to the left in order to avoid a head-on collision. however, the suburban suv sideswiped the passenger compartment, right side of the vehicle of the ambulance causing cat
. it happened in marshall, virginia and now livestock, worth thousands of dollars, are dead. kristin fisher has more from the scene. >> i don't know how much i liked it until it was burning. >> reporter: cattle manager says he's in shock. the barn he ran at the livestock exchange is gone. the fire broke out at 8:00 on monday night. massive flames could be seen from miles away. it took firefighters from five counties to get the fire under control. 24 hours later, the remains were still smoldering. >> really traumatic to see something like that, especially when you have animals inside of it. it is pretty hard to look at. >> reporter: when the fire started, this barn was packed full of cattle. so this is where firefighters had to literally saw through the fence to get all of the cattle out. >> it's a miracle. we don't know how many died. we have gotten over 200 heads. >> reporter: at least eight cattle were dilled in the fire and there could be more. no people were inside but when firefighter was injured. >> transported to faulkier hospital with minor injuries and treated and released and now they
will be staying. kristin fisher reports that we could have an answer sometime this week. >> reporter: well michelle rhee will return from vacation this week and when she does, she'll meet with vince gray about her future or lack there of as d.c. school chancellor. now her school reform was a major issue throughout the battle. supporters of michelle rhee and fenty credited them for making tough decisions to improve d.c. schools but opponents have accused her of alienating teachers and parents and critical of her firing 200 d.c. teachers for underperformance. michelle rhee said she didn't think she could work with gray. she called it devastating for d.c. students. as for gray, he hasn't said what to do with michelle rhee except that he will sit down with her at some point and that some point will likely be this wednesday. but whether or not any decisions will come from that meeting remain to be seen. here is what gray had to say during a press conference last wednesday. >> we're not going to make any personnel decisions until after the general election but i think it's important to begin the
kristin fisher is live in leesburg, virginia, with more. good morning, kristin. >> good morning. the good news is by the end of the day we should know whether or not holiday religious displays will be allowed on the lawn outside of the loudoun county courthouse this holiday season. now, this debate took center stage last night at a public hearing before the loudoun county board. 100 people spoke out either for or against the board recommendation that would ban religious displays on the county courthouse lawn. supporters say it upholds the separation of church and stay, not to mention it makes for a much leads less cluttered courthouse lawn but opponents argue that the ban is unconstitutional. >> i would implore you, on behalf of our citizens of all faiths, to allow those displays to continue. these are the critical tenets of what our civilization is built on, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. >> reporter: so that is pretty much the line of argument for the opponents of the ban. we will hear what supporters had to say coming up at 5:30. the debate started last november when a comm
messy as more people hit the roads. 9 news now reporter kristin fisher is keeping a watch on things in leesburg, virginia. good morning, kristin. >> hey, andrea, the rain is just now starting to come down. we were driving out here and had no problems. just a little mist. nothing too terrible but within the past 25 minutes or so the rain has started to accumulate and i will go ahead and get wet here. what do you say? put this down. just over my shoulder if we pan down here you can see the water is actually starting to rush down this street. this is downtown leesburg. right by the loudoun county courthouse and, you know, it's not a ton of accumulation yet. no big deal but you can start to see within the past five minutes we have gotten all the rain you are seeing on the ground in the past five minutes. it is really starting to accumulate rather quickly. as we head to the heart of the morning rush, the rain is expected to continue. so you know how it is. anytime there is a little bit of rain it means more time to the morning commute. we are expecting some heavier storms out here in lee
fisher has more on the race that didn't end until four hours ago. kristin? >> i know. crazy. this race wasn't called until around 2:00 this morning and gray didn't even stand up to give his victory speech until a half hour later. so a very late night for everyone involved. for all of the campaign workers here at his headquarters to the candidate himself [cheering and applause] vince gray took the stage around 2:30 this morning at his primary night headquarters. the washington hotel. this victory virtually assures that gray will be the city's next mayor. he face thousand republican challengers and fenty said he would not be a where in candidate. it felt like an election night victory party. gray said that dc voters sent a message loud and clear, that they wanted to bring character, integrity and leadership back to the mayor's office. clearly a jab at fenty but gray was quick to congratulate his opponent. take a listen. >> i want to con group late mayor fenty for running a hard, and spirited campaign [ mixed crowd reaction ] >> despite our differences, i know well that he shares our comm
offices in virginia. they will be opening in a couple of showers. kristin fisher is live with the reason. >> reporter: good morning, angie. i doubt that a trip to the dmv is how most people want to spend they are labor day weekend but if you are one of the thousands affected by these cent computer failures it may not be a bad idea. this location in alexandria is one of 14 locations across the state that will be open this labor day. other locations, include leesburg, woodbridge and fair oaks. the alexandria, leesburg and woodbridge locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the fair oaks location from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. the reason for all of these extended hours is because virginia's dmv is trying to dig itself out of a backlog of driver's license and identity card transactions after the state-wide computer system crashed for a week, 11 days to be exact. the governor is calling it an unprecedented failure and apologized for the inconvenience to dmv customers and its employees. >> i'm not happy about it. it's been a real disruption to employees and citizens. they have been work
. kristin fisher is live there with the latest on this investigation. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. well, you know this all happened almost exactly 24 hours ago. so you can really see how dark and how empty it was right around this bus stop where that 23-year-old woman was attacked. 4:30 wednesday morning, a 23- year-old woman was waiting at a bus stop when a man grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her. shortly after the victim was found bay jogger who flagged down an officer. police say the 23-year-old fought back. she was taken to a local hospital with nonlife- threatening injuries. now the search is on for the suspect. the victim wasn't able to get a good i.d. while she was fighting him off but police describe him as a heavy set male between 25 and 40 years old, wearing a white t- shirt an tan cargo pants at the time of the attack. >> creepy. i can't believe it happened so close to home. >> i can't believe it happened. right out in the open by a bus stop where people catch the bus and everything. >> to think that someone could be lurking in the n
after a gunman opened fire at the pentagon check point last march. kristin fisher has more on how the changes will affect commuters. good morning, kristin. >> good morning. the changes are going to take some getting used to, but the good news is that it shouldn't add too much time to your typical morning or evening chew. now, these changes are in response to what happened here last march when john patrick bedell opened fire on two guards at a security check.to the pentagon. ever since, the department of defense officials wanted to move the check point farther away from the entrance to the building. finally this morning they are starting the process of just that. here's what it means for you. look at the list and i will break it down for you. if you are just walking from the bus platforms to the north entrance, you are fine. no mayor changes. if you are walking toe the visitors entrance on the south side, that's when you need to watch out. metro customers will no welcomer have access to the left center walkway near the escalators and elevators that lead to the visitor entrance. tha
and otis place in columbia heights. kristin fisher is there live to tell us exactly what's going on. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. how would you feel if all of the stuff you have been collected in your home has been spread out for everybody to see. we have a lamp and furniture. cooking utensils over here. vacuum cleaner and this stuff here we have a notebook and clothing and this is not just centralized in one location. walk with me over here. i'll show you what i'm talking about. this is 11th street. all of this stuff is spread out down 11th street for two city blocks. it's just a massive amount of stuff and it's piled up in some places about four or five feet high. now all of this stuff belongs to a woman named eloise diaz. she's 50 years old principle venezuela and she says she was evicted from her home. all of her stuff was evicted from her house onto this street. the city trucks are coming to pick it up and take it to the dump later this morning and i asked her this morning what do you think about all of this? this is happening to people all over the coun
between incumbent mayor fenty and city council chairman vincent gray. 9 news now kristin fisher starts our 2010 coverage with the latest on this heated race. >> reporter: good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. you know this primary battle has been heated and very personal in the final days of the race. both campaigns have accused the other of foul play. the fenty campaign is fighting allegations his campaign tried to exchange campaign jobs for votes. gray's campaign is fighting off accusations that his campaign was bribing voters with supermarket gift cards. so pretty serious allegations on both sides and those issues took center stage as both took to the streets yesterday on the final day of campaigning before the polls opened at 7 a.m. today. now, gray is running on a message of change on bringing transparency and team work back to dc government. mayor fenty is focusing on what he has accomplished in office, specifically in dc's public schools as he is trying to shake off accusations of being arrogant an autocratic. 20,000 people have already voted early in the distric
's every move. kristin fisher is live from their offices in sterling with more on the role this plays in tracking earl. kristin? >> hey, jessica. good morning, i think we have been hearing so much about the virginia beach an the north carolina areas that are going to be hit really hard by the storm. and we haven't been talking much about what is happening right here in the immediate dc area. joining me now to talk a bit about that is meteorologist chris strong with the national weather service. chris, let me start by asking you for people right here, waking up in the dc area, are we going to feel any affects or see any side effects of hurricane earl. >> i think it will vary where you are in the metro east. east may see showers and sprinkles but people further out west will be wondering what's the fuss about because it will probably be mostly sunny most of the day and hot. >> a little rain and that's the most we will feel here. >> that would be the most that dc will see, is maybe a little light rain at times. actually most of the day it will be partly to mostly sunny and a hot day. >>
metro station on the blue and yellow line. kristin fisher is live in arlington with the story. >> good morning, kristin. >> good morning. these changes are going to be a little bit inconvenient, but you know the good news is they shouldn't add too much time to your morning commute, if any time at all. so that's the good news there. break it down for you. these changes are all because of what happened here last march. you may remember when john patrick bedell opened fire at this check.in to the pentagon. ever since pentagon officials said they need to move the check points farther away from the actual building. this morning they are going to begin the process of doing just that. here's what it means for you, the commuter. it means that a new pedestrian traffic patten near the pentagon main visitors entrance. if you are just walking from the bus platform to the rail stations north entrance you are fine. no big changes. but if you are walking from the pentagon's visitors entrance on the south side that's when you have to watch out. metro customers will no longer have access to the left ce
for the first time this morning. kristin fisher is live at james madison high school in vienna, virginia with more. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. you know when fairfax county heads back to school you know that summer is indeed over. sad but true. as of today, all school systems in the dc area will be back in session. and you know there are certainly some perks to being the last school system in the area to go back to school, but for some procrastinating parents there are also some serious disadvantages and here's what i'm talking about. yesterday, stores like target, wal-mart, staples, they were slaughtly packed with fairfax county parents and their kids buying last-minute school supplies. roughly 175,000 students will be starting school today in fairfax county public schools making fairfax by far the largest school district in virginia. 12th largest in the entire u.s., but when you are dealing with those kinds of numbers, coupled with the fact that you are in in the last system in the area to start school, many parents said they could hardly find any supplies left on the shelves. >
. a man assaulted a woman at a bus stop just over 24 hours ago. kristin fisher is live in franconia with more on the story. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. this attack took place at 4 listen 30 a.m -- 4:30 p.m. yesterday. it is now a half hour later and you can see how dark and empty the streets are at this time of the morning. this attack was attacked at the bus stop behind me. she was 23 years old, just standing there when a man approached her, grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted already. shortly after the victim was found by a jogger flagged don't by an officer. police say the 23-year-old fought back and was taken to a hospital with nonlife- threatening injuries now the search is on for the suspect. the victim wasn't able to get the best i.d. while she was fighting him off but police describe him as a hispanic male between the ages of 25 and 35. he is heavy set and wearing a white t-shirt and tan cargo pants at the time of the attack. >> it is creepy. i can't believe it happened so close to home. >> i can't believe it happened right in the ope
an eye on hurricane earl as it moves up the coast. kristin fisher is live from a very busy national were service in sterling, virginia. hey there, kristin. >> reporter: yeah, it is busy but this place would be even busier if hurricane earl track changed a little bit and if it was heading more toward our way, toward the dc area. this place would be nuts. on thes going off. many more meteorologists here than are here right now. fortunately we have meteorologist chris strong here who's been telling us that earl will be a nonissue for the immediate dc area, right? >> that's right. probably seeing a few sprinkles early this morning, some clouds an that's about it and as the storm races away it will be a mostly sunny, hot day. >> element if we look over here at this -- another meteorologist computer. he's been tracking earl all morning long and i want to ask you, where does earl stack up in terms of the last few major storms we have had along the east coast? it has been a while since a big storm threatened the entire eastern seaboard. >> stop storms like gloria and bob in the ' 80s were storms
things are in leesburg, virginia. kristin fisher is live tracking our storm alert. some are seeing rain, others reason. what are you seeing, kristin? >> we are seeing more rain now. it has been stop and start throughout the morning. when i first saw you at 5:00 there was pouring rain and then 5:30 no rain. and now we are in between. if you look at the street light you can see how much rain we are getting right now. nothing too crazy whatsoever but certainly enough to have some sort of an impact on the morning commute if you are heading in to the washington, d.c. area from loudoun county. also take a look at this video that our photographer gregos shot earlier this morning, just outside of dulles airport. you can see the rain is really coming down strong right there. and that's what we have been worried about all morning long is the flash flooding. could that type of rain lead to flash flooding. and here and throughout much of the washington area we are under a flash flood watch until 8:00 this morning. right through the heart of the morning rush. so this is indeed going to continue to b
heights, maryland. kristin fisher is live from the scene with more. >> reporter: unfortunately a tragic story this morning. it is really going to add to drivers ' problems this morning, at least for the beginning of this rush hour. bad news all around. groining me to talk about what happened is prince georges county police corporal. can you tell us what happened? >> shortly after midnight we received a call for a two week accident offing a prince georges county ambulance and an suv. >> reporter: what happened between the two? >> it appears the suv had crossed the double line coming in to path of the ambulance. the ambulance had to make a defensive maneuver to swerve an the suv ended up sideswiping the ambulance. >> reporter: so what happened to the three people inside of the suv, the passenger vehicle? i understand clearly they unfortunately did not make it. but were they transported to the hospital or were they pronounced dead on the scene. >> three occupants in the suv were pronounced dead at the scene. themes firefighters responded priority call and they have been transported for min
. kristin fisher is live from annandale where some drivers had to be pulled from their cars. >> reporter: that's right. hey, jc. this is a classic example as to why you should never try to drive through standing water. you see the signs over here? it says roads closed. high water. that sign was put up -- fairfax county fire department says the stein was up up around 4:00 this morning. two hours later, around 6:00 a.m., someone either ignored that sign or didn't see it somehow. i'm not sure how you couldn't see that sign but either way they found themselves a quarter mile down the road. this is woodburn road in fairfax county and they found themselves trapped in their cars, stuck in two feet deep water. now, this water was coming from the creek, which had overrun its banks and had entirely flooded the roadway. well, fairfax county fire responded. the swift water team actually deployed two boats an they were about to use the boats to rescue the two people trapped inside the car. fortunately they never had to do that. two firefighters were able to get over to the car, open the door and get
gray hit the polls this morning. 9 news now kristin fisher was there. dc mayor fenty arrived at northwest school in washington to cast a vote for himself in the race for mayor. >> we are not only confident but appreciative of the support we have been getting. people are excited and i think it will be a great 13 hours leading us to victory at 8:00 tonight. >> reporter: across town in southeast washington, his challenger, dc council chair vincent gray cast his vote at the senior wellness center. >> i was undecided when i got there. i absolutely voted for vincent gray. i think he is the best candidate. i have known the man all of my life and studied his record. a absolutely sterling record. >> reporter: 15,000 dc residents had voted by the time the polls opened at 7:00 on tuesday morning. the latest polls put gray between 7 and 17 points ahead of fenty. >> i think he is doing a good job with the city and i hope the next four years are just as good if not better. >> it is good because gray offers the people better opportunity. mr. fenty has not been a good mayor or taken the time
. definitely a lot of standing water out there as kristin fisher was talking about. you will be driving along and see a major puddle and you don't know how deep it is. angie is saying don't drive through the puddles. another problem i found this morning when i was driving to work is i saw tree limbs down on the road. it is so dark with the cloud cover that you can't see this until you are upon it. so you want to keep the speed levels low. we will be watching the flooding conditions this morning and watching for sandbags. so far not a lot on them on the businesses here. now back to you in the studio. >> one place that knows even a little rain can lead to flooding is alexandria, but the bull's eye of the storm could be in annapolis, maryland. the city is under orders from the state to fix the 90-year- old water works dam which has been declared unsafe. but since those repairs have been started yet, officials have made changes to help the concrete structure hold through today's storm. >> we are taking a number of precautions. the first is we have lowered the level of the dam to 5.5 feet below th
silver spring and we will check in with kristin fisher right now. what can you tell us about the scene reit now? >> i can tell you it is a lot less chaotic than yesterday afternoon, but we still have quite a bit of police activity here just outside of the discovery channels headquarters in silver spring. what we are hearing is that there are still quite a police presence inside of the building. we know the bulk of the building is indeed clear now. the majority of this building behind me is okay. no ieds scattered throughout but right now police are stilled in and they are focusing in on the lobby where the activity took place. that's where the gunman was. that's where he was holding the three people hostages and where the focus of the investigation will be centered over the next several hours. right now it is seeming like they are switching from this explosives investigation to the more forensic side of things. that's not confirmed, but that's what they have been saying they were planning on doing and it appears they have started to shift toward that aspect of the investigation. now, y
. the mayoral primary in the district. kristin fisher is live outside of board of elections headquarters with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. you know, there is no republican challenger in this race. so, this is it. whoever wins today's primary battle will, without almost certainly that person will welcome dc's mayor. >> they hit the trail hard chasing down last-minute votes. by all accounts fenty is in trouble. the latest poll showed him trailing from 7 to 17 points but both sides say their focus isn't on poll numbers but on getting out the vote. >> i can't pay attention to that. i have to pay attention to our efforts to get people out to vote. that's one of the most important things of all and we are working on that, making calls, having people knocking on doors, we have vans all over the streets of the city. the focus is on getting people out. >> since the polls came out they looked at both of our records and now fenty has some things to work on second term but fora and away much more competent record and more competent person to run the city for the next f
. investigators have been on the scene all night. kristin fisher is joining us where it all happened. >> good morning. you know, this is still very much the an of an active investigation. and this section of the marlboro pike is closed at this hour. look behind me and you can see these are the police barricades set up on the marlboro pike in district heights and i want to show you all the reason why. take a look at this video. what you are looking at is all that is left of the portion county ambulance that was involved in this crash. it literally looks like it completely exploded all over the roadway. right now the debris from the ambulance is being cleared off of this street as investigators try to figure out what happen. all we know is shortly after midnight the ambulance was enroute to a call traveling westbound on the marlboro pike. emergency lights were on. sirens sundaying. somehow the driver of a suburban didn't see it. he was driving on the wrong side of the road going very fast when the accident happened. >> the ambulance saw it coming at the last moment. was able to swerve to the le
-down meeting between the presumptive next mayor and the school chancellor. kristin fisher is live outside of the wilson building. >> we don't know if we will have a definitive answer as to what will happen with rhee today but at the very least we should be getting some kind of indication as to how their relationship will be progressing in the weeks leading up to november's general election. this has been the dominant issue ever since vince gray won the democratic primary last week. rhee signaled she has no long- term interest in working for gray. one day after his primary victory she called the win devastating for dc school children. that's not the kind of statement you are likely to make if you are hoping to impress your new job and keep your job but for gray's part he said it is contingent on the conversation they will be having at noon today. listen to what he said this past monday to a group of reporters. >> do you see any scenario in in which the two of you will work together. >> it is contingent on the discussion. >> how about the post of. >> she put out a qualifying statement. the
-together homes in the 8300 block of tillotts loop. kristin fisher is joining us with more. >> the fire is out but the families are feeling the affects of this massive fire. three homes were destroyed t. eight more damaged. and the families that were living inside are being housed by the red cross. started around 3:00 yesterday afternoon. that's this when the fire broke out. neighbors heard a loud bang and saw two houses engulfed in flames an then the flames spread to eight houses total. neighbors said it looked like dominoes falling. the flames were so powerful it carried embers 350-yards away. the plumes of smoke so thick and heavy that many driving to manassas after work thought that a plane had crashed nearby. >> i saw five plumes separate. and i thought, man i hope -- i know the airport is there and everything. we have great security here. >> reporter: incredibly no one was inside the homes when the fire broke out. a few people did go to the hospital for smoke inhalation. but for the most part everyone is fine. sadly several pets, cats and dogs were trapped inside one of the homes. all of
is in manassas near summer lake. kristin fisher is live with the story. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. you neophytes are still working to out -- firefighters are still working to put out a few hot spots but the bulk of the fire is out but not before three moments were destroyed anding aseverely damaged. the fire started at 3:00 yesterday afternoon. neighbors say they heard a very loud bang and then saw two houses quickly engulf in flames. then those flames spread to a third, fourth, eight houses total. neighbors say it looked like dominoes falling. the flames were so powerful it carried embers 350-yards away, threatening other homes. the plumes of smoke were so thick and heavy that many people driving home to manassas after work thought a plane had crashed. >> i saw five plumes separate. and i thought, man -- i know the airport is there and everything. and we have great security here. incredibly nobody was inside of the homes when the fire broke out. a few people were transported to the hospital with minor smoke inhalation. for the most part everybody is okay but sadly inside of one home t
on with the investigation now? we will get more from kristin fisher who's live in silver spring with more. >> reporter: good morning, jessica. the discovery channel headquarters in silver spring is still the site of an accident investigation. so at this point in time we don't know if the employees who were evacuated yesterday will be allowed to return to work today. so what's the hold up? it is those possible explosive devices that lee could have planted inside the building. keep in mind, police say that lee walked in to the building with two boxes and backpacks and could have had explosive devices inside of them. bomb squads from multiple agencies are working throughout the night an are still working to make sure the building is empty of any ieds. police detonate toledo devices and another explosive device appeared to go off when police shot the suspect yesterday afternoon. here's what the police chief said moments after lee was shot and killed. >> at this point, we still have what we believe are four devices that -- or two boxes and two backpacks that we have to determine whether they are explosive device
county, virginia. and kristin fisher is there watching the creek rise. is the rain tapering off where you are? >> it is tapering off a little bit, but it is coming down enough that you will be soaked if you are out here longer than two or three minutes. as you said i'm standing on a bridge over goose creek in loudoun county, just outside of leesburg, where we have been watching the water rise all morning long. but just over the creek. right over here you will see this is the leesburg pike, route 7 right here. you can see the traffic is moving smoothly along the roadway which is great news for everybody trying to make their way in to work this morning but i have to say we were on the roadway just about two hours ago when the rain was coming down very hard and even though traffic is moving smoothly it was a difficult commute. we had to slow down pretty substantially in order to even see where we were going. certainly drivers, watch out this morning. as for the creek, you can see it's still turning up pretty good. all the water is going straight down in to it. but still, as of now, no threat
at the wilson building and that's where kristin fisher is live with more on what we can expect. good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning. we don't know if we will get any sort of definitive answer as to what exactly what will happen to michelle rhee, but at the very least we should get an indication in to how their relationship is going to progress over the next few months, leading up to the november general election. now, this has been the dominant issue ever since vincent gray won the primary last week. rhee signaled she has no long- term interest in working for gray. in fact one day after his primary victory she called the win devastating for dc's school children. not the statement you are likely to make if you are hoping to impress your new boss and keep your job. for his part, gray has said rhee's job is contingent on the conversation they have at noon today. listen to what he had to say this past monday. >> do you see any scenario? which the two of you could work together. >> i think it is contingent on the comments she makes at the meeting. >> she put out some qualifying statement
's kristin fisher has the latest. >> reporter: well current forecast put the eye of the storm hitting just about 200 miles east of virginia beach but governor bob mcdonnell is not taking any chances. he wants to go ahead and declare an emergency today just in case earl comes closer to making landfall so the national guard and state manual personnel have enough time to get in place if need be. fema is warning people up and down the eastern seaboard to prepare for possible evacuations ahead of hurricane earl. north carolina officials have already issued mandatory evacuation order for the outer banks beginning right now at 5:00 a.m. wednesday. so far virginia has not followed suit but governor bob mcdonnell is warning that evacuation orders are not out of the question for residents along the virginia coast. right now, the category 3 storm just downgraded from a category 4 is expected to brush the carolinas late thursday and then head north hugging the coastline but even without a direct hit on land, earl is still very dangerous. governor mcdonnell is warning there's some risk of tropical st
in the 5600 block of marlboro pike in prince georges county. 9 news now reporter kristin fisher is live from the scene with the latest. a very sad start to the day. >> yeah. hey, good morning, andrea. not only is this a tragic situation, you have three adult men dead. but this is also going to be probably a real traffic inconvenience at the very least for people driving along the marlboro pike this morning and here's the reason why. look at this video. you are looking at all that is left of the prince georges county ambulance that was involved in this crash. i mean you can see it literally looks like it exploded all over the roadway. what happened is shortly after midnight the ambulance was enroute to a call. it just left the station and was traveling westbound on the marlboro pike in district heights. emergency lights were on on. sirens were sounding and somehow the driver of a suburban suv didn't see it. he was drive thing wrong side of the road and going fast when the accident happened. >> the ambulance saw it coming at the last moment, was able to swerve to the left to avoid a head on co
closer with the latest on earl's impact let's go live to kristin fisher in the satellite center. kristen. >> at the very least earl is going to kick up some dangerous waves and currents over the labor day weekend but this morning virginia governor bob mcdonnell is warning there is risk for tropical storm-force winds, some minor flooding and possibly even a few feet of storm surge along the coast. just about an hour ago north carolina officials issued mandatory evacuation order for parts of the state's outer banks, specifically okra coke islands. about 500,000 visitors have been ordered to head back to the mainlands. the residents have the option to staying but officials still asking them to heed these evacuation orders. so far, virginia has not followed suit but governor mcdonnell is warning evacuation is not out of the question for residents on the virginia coast. >>> now the latest forecast put the eye of the storm hitting about 200 miles east of virginia beach but it's still causing some big concern for people planning to encontroversy the last weekend of summer -- enjoy the last week
. kristin fisher is live in alexandria. and i don't see any lines yet. >> no lines yet. and i highly doubt a trip to the dmv is how most people like to spend their labor day holiday but if you are affected by last week's computer blackout, then, you know, this may not be a bad idea. this dmv location in alexandria is one of 14 locations in the state that will be open today, labor day. some orlocations include leesburg, woodbridge and fair oaks. the alexandria leesburg woodbridge will be open today. these extended hours will be in affect next weekend, as well. they are trying to dig out of a massive backlog of driver's license transactions after the statewide computer system crashed for an entire week. the governor is calling it an unpress denned failure and apologized for the inconvenience to virginia's dmv customers and its employees. >> i'm not happy about it. it has been a real disruption to employees and citizens. they have been working 24 hours a day with a team of northrop grumman employees to get it done. i have ordered a thorough review to find out what happened. >> reporter: north
on the list is fairfax county. kristin fisher is live outside of james madison high school with a preview of the fest day back. good morning. >> you know that summer is really over when fairfax county heads back to school. as of today, all school systems in the dc area will be back in session. you know there's certainly some perks when it comes to being the last school system in the area to head back to school but there's some serious disadvantages, especially when it comes to procrastinating parents. and here's what i'm talking about. yesterday stores like target, wal-mart and staples were packed parent an kids buying last-minute supplies. 175,000 students will be starting school in fairfax county public schools making fairfax by far the largest school system in virginia an the 12th large nest the entire u.s. but hen you are dealing with those numbers, coupled with the pack you are the last system in the area to start school in many parents said they could hardly find any supplies left on the shelves. >> went to the store to get composition notebooks and pencils and there aren't any. >>
that there are a lot of redskins fans talking this morning. we sent kristin fisher out to arlington to check out the mood. have you found anyone who's still up from the celebration? >> i don't think that anyone is up since last night's game, except i did find one person. she's a rate waitress here at won's diner in arlington. what is your name. >> brigitte. >> you have been here since 11:00 last night. what did you think of the game? >> i was really excited. really hoping they would pull it off and they did. >> how do you think the redskins played? did they live up to your expectations or exceed them? >> they exceeded them. i was hoping for what i saw, so yea. >> bridge jet was telling me just before we went live here that if you look around here you can see back here this is actually a cowboys hot spot. they have a could you byes clock in here. a cowboys poster. apparently the owner's son is a big fan of the cowboys but brigitte said she held down the fort last night. what was it like during the game? did you have to defend the redskins? >> not really. it was pretty empty. i think they were at
're the belongings of a woman who was evicted from her apartment. 9news reporter kristin fisher joins us now with her story. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. so often we hear these stories of eviction and foreclosure taking place across the country but it's very rare to actually see somebody's personal struggle literally spread out on the sidewalk for all to see and that's unfortunately what has happened this morning. take a look. these are all of louisa diaz's belongings. she's 50 years old from venezuela and her stuff is literalliy packed up four or five feet high fun walked with me over here take a look at this. it's not just one street, or one side of the street where this stuff is. it's spread out all the way down the street. look way down there. it spreads out for three more blocks this way and it's all being guarded by a d.c. police officer and the reason he's here is because we're awaiting some trucks to come and take all of her stuff away. louisa has been in the united states for 22 years. she's been in her home, which is just in that block right there. she'
kristin fisher brings us more. >> i don't know how much i liked it until it was burning. >> reporter: cattle manager lindsey easton says he's still in shock. the barn he ran is gone. the fire broke out around 8:00 monday night. massive flames could be seen from miles away. it took firefighters from five counties to finally get the fire under control. 24 hours later, the remains were still smoldering. >> it is really traumatic to see something like that, especially when you have animals inside it and it's pretty hard to look at. >> reporter: when the fire started, this barn was packed full of cattle, so this is where firefighters had to literally saw through the fence to get all of the cattle out. >> it's a miracle. we don't know how many died. we've gotten out over 200 head. >> reporter: at least eight cattle were killed in the fire and there could be more. fortunately, no people were inside when the fire started, but one firefighter was injured. >> transported to fauqier hospital with minor injuries, treated and released and now they are just starting the investigation portion now i
at 5:30, kristin fisher takes a closer look at how it all got there. >> it is not fair. it's not human. it's cold hearted. >> reporter: at 5:00 a.m., louisa diaz was beyond devastated. she had just been evicted from her home and her stuff was hours away from being shipped off to the city dump. to give you an idea of how much stuff we are talking about, it is stacked up on the sidewalk, in some places six feet high and it's like this all the way down this block of 11th street and if you walk with me, you can see across the street it's the exact same thing, piles and piles of stuff all belonging to the same person. >> she's obviously sick. i mean, hoarding is a disease, right? and this is definitely signs of hoarding. >> reporter: elloicea said she's no horder. she said she was collecting it to send back to poor people in latin america. but some of her neighbors don't buy it. >> do you feel bad for her? >> no, i don't. people would say she was sending this stuff back to her country and stuff like, this i don't know how true that is. but the fact of the matter is it don't make no sense fo
. so let's get right to it. kristin fisher is standing by at the washington hotel in northwest washington. >> reporter: after a wild night of waiting for all the returns to come in, we are moments away from hearing from vince gray. we're expecting him to discuss the next steps for his campaign. he will be on the ballot in the november general election, but keep in mind there is no republican challenger, so gray will almost certainly be dc's next mayor, barring something absolutely crazy from happening from now until then. gray beat fenty by seven points. it was 53% to 48%, which is closer than the polls predicted. we are waiting for 10% of the returns to come in, but the voting broke down geographically. here's how fenty took wards one, two, three and six. that's predominantly northwest, central dc, georgetown, dupont, captiol hill, chinatown and gray took four, five, seven, eight and that is the outer portions of the district including anacostia, fort totten, tacoma and brentwood. now, as soon as gray walks out here, which he should be doing any moment now -- you can see all t
sometime in 2012 when a new check point at the pentagon is done being built. in arlington, kristin fisher, 9news now. >> there's disagreement over the impact of invite ago comedian to testify on capitol hill about a serious issue. comedy central's stephen colbert appeared in front of the house gash rei committee friday. he gave testimony in character. he was invited to testify about migrant workers after spending one day working in the fields. >> does one day in the field make you an expert witness? >> i believe one day of me studying anything makes me an expert. >> i thought it was an inappropriate way of conveying the message, and it perhaps diminished the value of congress. >> it would sully the good name of spertle that republican- controlled congresses have actually called to testify in the past, lake christie brinkley and elmo. >> is however, some members of the united farm workers say any attention drawn to their issue is helpful. >>> see how nerves of steel and a steady hand made all the difference when the landing gear failed on this plane in new york. >>> the lrkz evees gave way
? some studies say that will happen when a new defense building along 495 opens its doors. kristin fisher is joining us live from 495. >> reporter: anybody that has ever driven along the 395 corridor during rush hour know how bad it can be. but many drivers fear with the opening of this new mark center, many people fear that rush hour conditions on 395 could get much, much worse. two hours a day worth in fact. and last night, hundreds of fairfax county residents preparedded with the officials at the department of defense to delay the opening till better transportation is in place. they say it will be intolerable conditions for drivers. and now 6400 people are set to start working at the mark center next fall. he was built nowhere near a metro station. it would force and influx much drivers on the i495 corridor, tacking on an average of two hours are to the commute. the department of defense says don't worry, we got a plan. they are going to stagger work hours and encourage workers to carpool. but there are people are saying there's no way that will work. >> this is absurd to our intellige
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